(Hawthorne & Hempstead, NY) – Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) and Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) join Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the 82 other affiliates nationwide in denouncing the passage of Representative Mike Pence’s amendment to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for any purpose, including providing basic primary and lifesaving preventive health care to women and families.
Pence offered the amendment to the FY11 Continuing Resolution, which completely eliminates the national family planning program, Title X.
“This extreme and dangerous piece of legislation targeting Planned Parenthood, one of America’s largest and most trusted health care providers is radically out of step with mainstream American values and it is out of line with the issues voters want Congress to focus on,” said Reina Schiffrin, President/CEO, PPHP.
Rep. Pence’s amendment would specifically prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, including Medicaid, to provide lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, affordable birth control, HIV testing, and testing and treatment for other sexually transmitted infections. The Pence amendment also reverses a long-standing patient protection in Medicaid law that ensures that Medicaid patients can access family planning services with any willing provider.
To underscore the far reach of Rep. Pence’s proposal, it would also cut off 48 percent of Planned Parenthood patients – approximately 1.4 million people – from their source of health care. Regionally, PPHP & PPNC provides care to over 48,000 patients each year. Eliminating Title X and Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood means over 20,800 patients may have nowhere else to turn to for their health care.
“Despite the fact that more than 90 percent of the care Planned Parenthood health centers provide is preventive and that one in five American women has received care from a Planned Parenthood health center during her lifetime, Representative Pence and the leadership in the House is determined to defund Planned Parenthood because we also provide women with abortion care. We are counting on our Senators to reject this extreme approach and guarantee the millions of Americans who count on Planned Parenthood the health care they both need and deserve,” added JoAnn D. Smith, President & CEO, PPNC.
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc (PPHP) is the 15th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 12 medical centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties. In 2010, PPHP provided services to over 35,000 patients in nearly 70,000 visits. We conducted 1,900 education programs reaching over 35,000 youth and adults, and mobilized approximately 10,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPHP has served the community for 78 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. Planned Parenthood has done more to reduce the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy than any other health care provider or advocacy group. PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne NY. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit www.pphp.org. Find us on Facebook and MySpace, and follow us on Twitter.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 84 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Nassau County. In 2010, PPNC provided services to more than 13,000 patients during 26,000 visits. We conducted education workshops and street outreach to 28,000 teens and families, and mobilized approximately 5,500 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 78 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC’s services and programs, visit www.ppnc.org.
Beverly Katz (914) 467-7341
Sarah Miller (516) 750-2666
February 18, 2011